Editors' pick

Rustico Oktoberfest

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Editorial Review

Rustico is one of Virginia's premier beer bars, so it's no surprise that its annual Oktoberfest celebration, held in the parking lots behind the Alexandria restaurant and the neighboring Buzz Bakery, is the most interesting for area beer lovers. Fifty beers will be available for $4 to $7 each, including a number of rare German seasonals and fall pumpkin brews, to accompany schnitzel, sausages and wild boar stroganoff.

There will be an area for children's activities; previous Oktoberfests have included face painting and bouncy castles.

To discourage drinking and driving, Rustico offers a tempting deal: Take a photo of yourself arriving at the nearby Braddock Road Metro station and show it at the festival's welcome stand, and you'll receive a commemorative Oktoberfest beer mug or $5 in food tickets.